19nine’s Legacy Collection dives inside the archives to bring back some college basketball classics. Like the originals, we crafted each Legacy pair of retro shorts with the materials and details to honor the original designs. It was a labor of love in our pursuit to provide an era specific keepsake that celebrates the most iconic styles in college basketball history.
The 1986-87 Xavier Musketeers were led by high scoring junior Byron Larkin's 25 points per game. The Musketeers got into the NCAA Tournament by winning the MCC Tournament with wins over Butler, Loyola and Saint Louis earning them a #13 seed in the Midwest.
Once there, head coach Pete Gillen and Larkin's 29 points, delivered Xavier University its first ever NCAA Tournament win by beating #4 seed Missouri 70-69.
The Musketeers would fall to #5 seed Duke in the Round of 32 but not before laying the foundation of things to come for Xavier basketball.